Environmental Protection Law

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UWA Law School

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, WA 6009


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UWA Law School, Centre for Mining Energy and Natural Resources Law

About this event

This short course is for legal practitioners and other professionals interested in the environmental protection regulatory framework in Western Australia, in its national and international contexts.

The course will explore six themes:

  • Key definitions, institutions and objectives of Environmental Protection Law;
  • The policy instruments and information tools that underpin environmental protection;
  • Regulatory controls on particular activities causing pollution and environmental harm;
  • Environmental Impact Assessment at the State and Federal level;
  • Criminal liabilities under the WA and Federal legislation; and
  • Civil liabilities under the WA and Federal legislation and at common law.

Alex Gardner, Professor of Law is the lead presenter & short course coordinator

In 2022, the course will be conducted with a combination of on-line pre-recorded lectures and readings available in August, and interactive face-2-face sessions in the period 6-8 September, featuring presentations by guest experts. In 2022, we will give special attention to the implementation of the reforms made by the Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 (WA) and to some significant case law developments on environmental impact assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.

Guest Presenters include:

  • Tim Macknay, Managing Lawyer, Environmental Defenders Office, Western Australia
  • Jessica Panegyres, Head of Clean Energy Transition, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • Sarah McEvoy, Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Programs, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation of WA
  • Eve Lynch, Partner, Allens, Perth
  • Lee McIntosh, Deputy Chair, Environmental Protection Authority of WA
  • Declan Doherty, General Manager, State Agreements and Approvals
  • Kieran Birch, Principal Advisor Energy & Climate; Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Perth
  • Melanie Debenham, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth
  • Craig Wallace, Partner, Lavan, Perth
  • Clare Lakewood, Special Counsel, Environmental Defenders Office, Western Australia.

NGO registration scholarships:

by application to Alex.Gardner@uwa.edu.au

Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 1 day before your event start date. No refund is available for non-attendance.

Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD)

Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six CPD points, selected from Competency Area 2 (Professional Skills), Competency Area 3 (Ethics and Professional Responsibility) and Competency Area 4 (Substantive Law) depending on the sessions they attend.

The CPD rules differ for jurisdictions outside Western Australia and if you are outside Western Australia, we recommend that you check with your local relevant authority whether you can claim any CPD points.

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